Did you know that, in ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped and revered? They were seen as symbols of grace and poise—traits cats are still associated with today. But on June 4, it’s time to throw all that grace and poise mumbo-jumbo out the window—because it’s Hug Your Cat Day! The best way to celebrate, of course, is to scoop your regal cat right off the ground and snuggle the heck out of it until it feels the love. Sounds like a pleasant activity we can all get behind, no? So grab your kitty BFF and celebrate with us!
National Hug Your Cat Day Activities
1. Hug your cat
Yes, this is obvious, but we'd be remiss if we didn't recommend it. Get your lint roller ready, and go in. (Then, count the number of seconds until your cat tries to wriggle out of your grip.)
2. Volunteer at a shelter
Not everyone has a kitty of their own to hug. If you fall in this category, do some good for the world and satisfy your hugging desires at the same time by volunteering at an animal shelter! You'll be helping cats without homes, while getting in some quality snuggle time.
3. Host a kitty party
Human parties are good, we guess. But cat parties are even better. So grab all your friends who own cats and bring them all together for a giant kitty rager! Just make sure you have enough catnip to go around — no one likes a party foul.
Why We Love National Hug Your Cat Day
A. Our cats deserve love
Since our pets are always around, it can be easy to take them for granted. While friends come and go, cats will always be there, demonstrating unconditional love and affection (even though you'd never know it from their demeanor). Hug Your Cat Day reminds us all to give our kitties a little TLC to thank them for their friendship and loyalty. So give your kitty some Class-A snuggles—if they don't like being touched, a new scratching post will do just fine.
B. It's a handy social excuse
Did your coworker just invite you to a happy hour you really don't want to attend? Trying to get out of an awkward Tinder date? You can't attend, because you're celebrating your favorite holiday of the year! Stay home, put your feet up and hang with your very best friend in the world.
C. It's one more reason to show your cat pictures
We know you've showed everyone who has eyes a multitude of pictures of your feline friend. They've most likely asked you to stop—if they haven't, they're very polite, and you should hold them close. But today's practically a mandate to show the world another picture of your baby. Whether you post it on Instagram or email it to your mom, go wild.